The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has reassured its candidates they will still be able to conduct some of their exams during the coronavirus lockdown.

The professional body will contact more than 2,500 candidates who were set to sit written examinations on 6 and 7 July for units financial planning practice (RO6), pension transfers (AF7), personal tax and trust planning (AF1), and financial planning process (AF5) to inform them they can now complete their exams online.

The CII has also postponed June’s multiple choice-question exams in centres in the UK. Candidates will be contacted in the next week to be told they can re-book at an exam centre for another date or take the exam by remote invigilation at a future date.

CII learning and assessment director Gill White said the professional body was “constantly reviewing the evolving government guidance around safe practices and the potential timetable for changes in lockdown”.

She added: “As a result of the uncertainties around the UK situation until early July, we have worked hard to bring forward projects to deliver remote invigilation. This means our candidates can sit their exam online from the comfort of their own home or chosen private space. It is a robust assessment delivery format with great convenience for professionals.

“It also provides certainty that the exams can go ahead even with the current work and travel restrictions. So, our candidates can continue to prepare for their exams in the knowledge they will be able to sit them.”

Remote invigilation for all multiple choice-question exams will is expected by the end of Autumn.

When the CII can safely reopen multiple choice exam centres, candidates will have the choice of taking their assessments at a centre or remotely.

For students outside of the UK wishing to sit multiple choice exams, the CII will follow regional government advice for that area and reopen exam centres when it is safe to do so.

Remote invigilation will be available internationally and there will be no additional fee for remote invigilation above the normal enrolment/exam fee.

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